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Fire rainbows dazzle Northeast

By Jesse Ferrell
6/14/2019, 9:54:58 PM

UPDATE 6/14/2019:

The Circumhorizon Arcs were seen again today, Friday, in Ohio and Pennsylvania:

ORIGINAL BLOG 6/13/2019:

Fire rainbows, which are technically ice halos, dazzled people in the Northeast on Wednesday. The 22-degree halo was (and usually is) the most commonly observed, but below that a more rare Circumhorizontal Arc was seen. The National Weather Service office in Binghamton, New York, got arguably the best photo of both:

NWS Binghamton Ice Halo


This was caused by high, wispy clouds made of ice that were drifting across the state (early afternoon satellite image shown here):

Satellite Image 6/23


Several Pennsylvania Weather Watchers Group members also snapped pics:

PA Ice Halo 1

Kris Mellinger (Cumberland Valley, PA)

Pennsylvania Ice Halo #2

Pennsylvania Ice Halo #3


I checked my webcams here in State College, but it looks like we had too many lower clouds obscuring most of the high clouds that were producing the effect.

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